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Libraries look to strengthen ties

STRENGTHENING the collaboration between libraries operated by the three Southland councils has emerged as one of the major recommendations from a comprehensive review of Southland District Council (SDC) libraries. The review — the first major study since the SDC was created in 1989 — was carried out by independent consultant Sue Sutherland and considered by councillors two weeks ago. Libraries manager...

Sadness as church in Windsor is demolished

THE remnants of the old Presbyterian church in Windsor now look soul-less. With its stained glass windows removed, gaping holes along the southern wall are all that remain. Windsor Community Church minister the Rev Peter Dunn said the building should be entirely demolished by next month. ‘‘It is sad to see it come down, especially as a lot of people have a...

Good sport to share memorabilia collection

AFTER 40 years, avid sports memorabilia collector Carl Wilson is finally going to put his precious hoard on display. He is building a large extension to his garage to create a sports museum. Mr Wilson estimates he has up to 16,000 items, including about 3000 books, as well as clothing, trophies, badges, sporting equipment and programmes. At present they are stored in...

Cute chicks prove popular

SOUTHLANDERS are flocking to view kakapo chicks, and the opportunity has even attracted visitors from further afield. The Department of Conservation’s (Doc) Invercargill kakapo rearing unit has been temporarily relocated to a vacant building on Esk St West donated by the Invercargill City Council. Upstairs, the smallest chicks are kept warm in incubators, moving to cooler rooms as they grow. Downstairs is...

Locations considered for new hotel

By the map: Three potential sites being considered by the Invercargill Licensing Trust as a location for development of a new hotel. Photo: ICC Graphic: Southland Express THE Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT) has had architects draw up designs and is considering several potential locations for a new hotel in the CBD, but there are still no firm plans for the...

Grand plans for old Wool Bar

AFTER being un›used for decades, the former Wool Bar at Invercargill’s Grand Hotel may be reborn as a community and arts space. 'It’s a massive room and at the moment it’s just being used to store stuff...' Leasee Linda McGaw, whose fam› ily has owned the 103›year›old hotel since 2009, hopes a community committee will take over the space. ‘‘It’s a massive...

Permanent base sought for club

THE Invercargill Coffin Club is ‘‘progressing very well’’ coordinator Kath Gaines says, but requires a permanent home. The club was looking for a space where members could work on the construction, painting or decorating of their coffins, she said. ‘‘We need premises which can be locked up where we can leave our tools and where people can call in when they...

Collectors sought for clean-up days

OPERATION Zero Rubbish is under way in South Invercargill, and anyone who would like to can take part, South Alive manager Cress Evans says. The community clean-up is taking place throughout this month, with different areas targeted for an hour each Sunday. ‘‘Our aim is to pick up rubbish in areas of South Invercargill which haven’t been adopted under our Operation...

30 years of teaching celebrated

CHILDREN and staff at the Surrey Park Early Learning Centre (SPELC) celebrated the centre’s 30th anniversary last week. What started out as a childcare centre with three teachers and eight to 10 children has now grown to astaff of 35 teachers plus support staff and a roll of 200. Cook Rose Harvey, one of the original staff members, said one of...

New home needed for vintage railway stock

THE Southland District Council (SDC) is calling for expressions of interest from suitably experienced organisations prepared to lease vintage railway stock and display it to the public. It was hoped two wooden carriages, a guard’s van and a diesel locomotive shunter would be restored and displayed, along with information about the rolling stock’s original owner, the Ohai Railway Board, community...
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